City secures funding for Ernest Johnson Reserve Master Plan

Media Release 29 September 2015
Ernest Johnson Reserve
The City of South Perth has been successful in securing funding of $632,000 from the Department of Sport and Recreation. This money will contribute to building Stage One of the Ernest Johnson Reserve Master Plan – new pavilion construction.

The Master Plan aims to accommodate the needs of relevant sporting clubs, community groups, and produce a contemporary, functional and sustainable multi-purpose facility.

The City, in conjunction with project managers, NS Projects and architects Bollig Design Group, has engaged with stakeholders of Ernest Johnson Reserve to finalise the design for the new facilities.  

The final draft design is now complete and a development application will be submitted to the City for approval in November 2015. 

The Master Plan proposes work over four stages, with the first three approved by Council to be implemented. This work includes construction of two new pavilion buildings and a car park to replace the existing buildings currently being used by the Girl Guides, South Perth Playgroup and various sporting clubs. In addition, the new facilities will accommodate users of the Rotary Club Hall on Sandgate Street and the RSL Hall on Angelo Street.  

Other works includes upgrades to the active reserves of Ernest Johnson Reserve such as new irrigation, relocation of the existing senior turf cricket wicket and cricket practice wickets, throwing circles and a long jump pit for the junior athletics club, the installation of new synthetic cricket pitches, as well as a large playground and social area.

Construction work on Stages One, Two and Three is currently scheduled to commence in August 2016 with completion in August 2018.

City of South Perth Mayor Sue Doherty said, “We are excited to announce this long awaited project will soon begin. Thanks to the proceeds from the sale of the Civic Heart land and contribution from the Department of Sport and Recreation, this project will become a reality.”

“Bringing benefits to many local sporting clubs and social groups, as well as local residents and their canine companions, Ernerst Johnson is one of the many reserves in the City designated as an off-leash dog exercise area when no designated sporting activities are taking place.” 

To view the design plans, key dates and more information about the project, please visit the Major Projects page on the City’s website.

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